Notify parents over sensitive issues

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionRe Nov. 16 article, “Parent: Planned Parenthood program not for us”: Viviane Parsons’ objections to her daughter being subjected to Planned Parenthood’s teaching on how she might express her sexual feelings are well-founded. As a parent, I can identify strongly with Parsons’ desire to protect her child from any instruction on condom use or other misguided teachings.Planned Parenthood and its ilk apparently believe that teenagers don’t have the strength and integrity to avoid premarital sex. Of course, teenagers who have been appropriately informed can practice abstinence. There is teaching and support from both parents and their peers, who indeed have successfully “navigated the obstacle course” — which is modern society’s distorted assertions about the nature of human sexuality. Peers who have been abstinent are able to affirm that not only is teen chastity possible, but also that enlightened self-control can make a life of abstinence before marriage both a full and ultimately joyous experience.Nowhere in the article do I read that Parsons is insisting that Planned Parenthood be banned from the school system. (There could be a good argument made for this.) Instead, she’s simply asking that Schenectady High School be made accountable and that the appropriate officials alert parents in advance when such classes will be made available for the children.Is this asking too much?Glenn Smith SchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady police reform sessions pivot to onlineSchenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusAnderson starts, but Dodgers finish off NLCS winSchenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcylast_img read more

Blame Putin for Russia’s Olympics ban

first_imgBut many Russian voices expressed the opposite view, calling the decision a politicized one.The head of Russia’s curling federation, Dmitry Svishchev, asserted: “I am profoundly convinced that it was made under pressure. Someone needed Russia not to participate in the Games.”I have a third view. The IOC decision was tragic but necessary.“Russia,” however, should neither be blamed nor defended.Instead, the Russian government must be assigned full responsibility for this tragedy, both by foreign governments and athletes but also by Russian society.Russian President Vladimir Putin’s friend, Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko, oversaw this industrial cheating scheme.That’s why the IOC banned Mutko from all future Olympic competitions. Gold medal winners will not get to hear the Russian national anthem, all because of Putin’s decision to cheat.The other losers are fans around the world, including me, who wanted to see these Russian athletes compete in Pyeongchang not as “Olympic athletes from Russia” but as fierce, proud, and patriotic members of the Russian national team.International and Russian fans who wanted to see the Russians compete in the Winter Games next year must blame Putin for this tragedy, not all of Russia and most certainly not all Russian athletes.And Russian citizens must stop blaming foreigners for this sad outcome as well and start beginning to hold their own government accountable.It’s time for Russians to start pressing Putin and his government to make different decisions. Russian athletes, and fans around the world of the Winter Games, deserve better.Michael McFaul is director of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and a fellow at Stanford University.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Another close Putin confidant and president of Russia’s Olympic Committee, Alexander Zhukov, was suspended as an IOC member.Make no mistake: Mutko and Zhukov were not some rogue actors, acting independently from Putin or the Russian government.They were his lieutenants.In Putin’s government today, there are no independent actors.Obviously, the IOC had no interest in banning one of the powerhouses in winter sports from the Games. Putin compelled them to make this decision.In assigning blame to the Kremlin, the international community as well as Russian society also should recognize that the biggest victims of the Russian government’s decisions are the clean Russian athletes who played by the Olympic rules.Putin has said Russia would not prevent its athletes from competing as neutrals, but that means they will be denied the proud moment of watching the Russian flag ascend during the medals ceremony — what should be the highlight of their athletic careers.center_img Categories: Editorial, OpinionLast week, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced a shocking decision to ban Russia from the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, due to Russia’s “systematic manipulation of the anti-doping rules.”The public reaction to this decision — by government officials and public commentators, and on my Twitter feed — was very polarized.Most around the world rejoiced. “Russia” got what it deserved, so many explained.last_img read more

Yes, hard right does follow Christianity

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionThank you for Shelby Bryson’s Feb. 13 letter, “Hard-right is not in line with Christianity”: Unfortunately, in actuality, the hard-right IS in line with Christianity, the world’s largest religion. It’s rather Jesus-belief, New Testament faith in the Lord Jesus of Nazareth, that the hard-right is not in line with.The Old Testament shows us what the world was like before Jesus died for our sins. Jesus radically changed the world by dying on the cross and rising from the dead. Jesus saying, “It is finished” just before dying means that he had fulfilled the Old Testament and replaced it with the New Testament as the contract under which to live.The verses Shelby quotes are all from the New Testament, the employee’s manual of Jesus believers. Christians use the Bible, which is only three parts New Testament to 10 parts Old Testament. If you mix just three parts of green with 10 parts of red, the color you get will still look red. In the same way, the Bible as used by Christians pretty much looks like the Old Testament.Joel NelsonSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationSchenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%Troopers: Schenectady pair possessed heroin, crack cocaine in Orange County Thruway stopSchenectady police reform sessions pivot to onlinelast_img read more

Citizenship question would taint census

first_imgCombined with President Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric, asking about citizenship status will depress the count among immigrant communities and result in inaccurate information.In a memo explaining his reasoning, Ross admitted that adding the question could depress census participation.But he argued that asking about citizenship would impose a “limited burden” on those filling out census forms, because individual responses are anonymous.Placing the burden of proof on those objecting to the change, Ross said that “no one provided evidence that reinstating a citizenship question on the decennial census would materially decrease response rates.”But it is Ross’ responsibility to oversee a fair census. There is enough evidence, anecdotal and statistical, for serious worry about the citizenship question.Census researchers have recently noted instances of heightened concern among immigrant respondents about cooperating with the count.Immigrant response rates to the yearly American Community Survey, which asks about citizenship, are lower than nonimmigrant response rates. Even without a citizenship question, the 2010 Census overcounted the non-Hispanic population and undercounted the Hispanic population. Morever, an absence of evidence would not be proof of no harm.It was Ross’ duty to show that the harm would be acceptably limited before adding a new question. By his own admission, he failed to do so.New census forms should be and generally are thoroughly tested before rollout, a process that takes years.This question is being added hastily to the form in the midst of its first and only dry run for the 2020 count.If immigrant communities are substantially undercounted, Democrats will lose seats in Congress and in statehouses.Political districts contain equal numbers of people, citizen and noncitizen alike.Nonvoters, of course, cannot choose who represents them in Washington or in state capitals. Categories: Editorial, OpinionThe following editorial appeared in The Washington Post.The census Bureau’s once-a-decade count of the country’s population determines where federal money goes and how political power is divided among states.Whether by design or incompetence, the Trump administration is threatening to rig the count against Democrats.Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who decides what the government asks in its authoritative decennial count, announced Monday that the Census Bureau will ask respondents to report their citizenship status on the form that goes out to all U.S. households.The census is supposed to take an accurate picture of the entire country, not just of residents born or naturalized here.center_img But minors, green-card holders and other nonvoters still count.Political representation has been apportioned according to this principle since the country’s founding.If the count is off in the urban centers where immigrants congregate, blue states will lose representation and rural areas will gain political clout even more disproportionate to the number of people who actually live in them.The state of California immediately announced a lawsuit challenging Ross’ decision.But Congress also could act.Lawmakers should prevent the Trump administration from fouling the census.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Saturday, Feb. 2

first_imgBlack women hurt by new abortion law Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionSch’dy is too slow with storm cleanupWhat an outrage in Schenectady that a week after a snowstorm, there are still many streets that need to be cleaned up.It’s understandable that during the storm, and even the day after, that streets are cleared just to get them cleared. But when a week later, you still have some streets with snowbanks sticking four feet out into the road, there’s no excuse. Broadway, which is considered a priority street, is just barely wide enough to get two cars through, let alone an emergency vehicle. There are several streets where the right-hand turn lanes are still not cleared, so it creates traffic backups. What will it take for the city to get this cleaned up?Larry PetrieSchenectadyEditor’s Note: The letter was written prior to the most recent snowstorm.  There’s also an interesting article from NASA, “Water Vapor Confirmed as Major Player in Climate Change” (from 11/17/08) that’s still online that clearly challenges Mr. Macander’s view of the significance of water vapor in atmospheric warming and cooling. K. D. ReynoldsMalta Solar panels useless if covered with snowWith all panels totally covered with deep snow since Storm Harper, how’s the solar panel farm doing when electricity is needed the most? Renewable energy? This is the future? Great.Greg SheyonGlenville Trump must learn to deal with CongressLet me start by saying I voted for President Trump. Two years into his term, his administration’s accomplishments include tax reform, low unemployment, appointing two Supreme Court justices, a new NAFTA agreement and halting North Korea’s nuclear program. On the other hand he’s arrogant, egotistical, spoiled, used to getting his own way and a liar. He had a Republican Congress for two years and failed to get money for a border wall. To refuse to negotiate a federal budget and hold federal employees hostage is a travesty the likes of which I’ve never seen. All great presidents have been able to compromise with Congress. If President Trump doesn’t find a way to do that, we will surely have a Democratic resurgence in the 2020 elections.Keith MillerSaratoga Springs Make donation to Wounded WarriorsI live on a fixed income of Social Security and pinch my pennies. Each day, something comes in the mail in the form of a donation wanted. I contribute to two organizations that I have been associated with for many years and am unable to include any more. However, I recently received in the mail a request from Wounded Warriors Project for a donation. I didn’t hesitate to send them one, because inside was a picture of Anthony Villarreal.He was wounded in Afghanistan and received burns over 70 percent of his body when an IED detonated. He has gone through more than 70 surgeries and is in pain every day of his life. One can only wonder if they could endure the terrible ordeal Anthony has gone through. I pray that God continues to provide him and his family the strength to move on adjusting their lives. God bless all of our military men and women who protect our freedom, many times at a devastating cost.Roger WilliamsRotterdam Junction Medical test at Ellis ER took far too long Recently I had maybe the worst experience of my 81-year life. I had a medical issue at around 4 p.m. and went to Ellis Urgent care in Clifton Park. They were great. They did a battery of tests but referred me to the main Ellis emergency room for a test they were unable to do at this time. I waited hours for test that took less than 15 minutes. My total wait time was more than 8 hours. This is unacceptable and not healthy. The front desk did not seem to care. Albert WerthmullerGlenvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Cuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccine Writer misconstrued role of water vaporIn response to Mr. Rudy Macander’s Jan. 26 letter on the relative role of water vapor in climate change, he either misinterpreted the information he found or he has an entirely different understanding from most of us on the meaning of the term “orders of magnitude.”Mr. Macander states, “… when I checked (presumably on the  amount of water vapor relative to CO2), to my surprise, there was an order of magnitude less water vapor than CO2 in the atmosphere and that its effect is insignificant relative to CO2 and methane.” That would indeed be surprising to me, as well as to most climate scientists, since atmospheric CO2 is currently in the range of <0.04 percent, while water vapor is considered at “saturation” (it’s raining) at 4 percent, hardly orders of magnitude less. In response to Ms. Elba’s Jan. 13 letter, I say young black women beware of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Reproductive Health Act (RHA). He’s targeting you.In our country, pregnant women face the highest risk of homicide among females. Ms. Emba stated that 30 percent of female homicide victims are black, and that intimate-partner violence is high in black relationships. It stands to reason that many murdered black women were pregnant. So why did Cuomo’s RHA repeal the Penal Law against illegal abortion, (the forced abortion of a woman who wants her child or the intentional injury to a pregnant woman to cause a spontaneous abortion). Repealing this law will increase violence against pregnant women.Secondly, the RHA now allows non-doctors to do surgical abortions. Nurses, midwives and other health professionals are not trained surgeons. Allowing them surgical privileges for abortions is foolish and dangerous. Furthermore, stand-alone clinics such as Planned Parenthood, located in predominantly minority neighborhoods, will likely cut costs by hiring non-doctors, further endangering young black women.Thirdly, RHA extends abortion through all nine months, permitting lethal injection and dismemberment procedures on pain capable, viable children; horrific. It also gives unsupportive partners more time to pressure or violently coerce abortion decisions.In New York City, 60 percent of black children are aborted. In the general population of blacks, it’s 38 percent. How many more do you want, governor?The governors’ plan: Eliminate poor minorities through abortion to eliminate poverty? Young black women beware.Sheila BlaschColonielast_img read more

Plans surface for new hotels

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Paddington: Conditions right to facilitate development

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Is this a recession or isn’t it? Brown must decide and act now

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Oxford Street confidence on the wane

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Gap doubles Milton Keynes outlets with second store in new centre

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